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Work experience

Karamea Area School

Jan 2014Present

Senior Primary Leader

Senior Primary Leader responsible for managing primary team. I ensure that as a team we plan, facilitate and assess high quality learning opportunities. This year I amalgamated the primary classes into a  Modern Learning Environment. The MLE team operates in a dynamic space centred around the secondary library block. Learning is through the inquiry model to engage and excite Years 0 to 6. The learning is content into context to create life-long confident and participating learners. The team consists of 49 learners and 4 facilitators with high expectations. I am also the school wide lead teacher for Kapa haka and maths. I am the school facilitaror of SENCO, National Standards and ALIM.  I Mentor a Provisionally Registered Teacher. I am passionate about developing ICT use. During 2014 I was responsible for Years 0 to 3 as a stand alone class with management units including school wide Kapa haka and lead teacher of maths. I also mentored two Provisionally Registered Teachers.

Kaikoura Suburban School

Jan 2009Dec 2013

Lead Primary Teacher

Lead Teacher with management units for ICT, Inquiry and Kapa haka. I planned, facilitated and assessed inquiry learning through content into context across the curriculum for Years 2 to 5. I supported the senior class inquiry learning. I was mentor for two successful Provisionally Registered Teachers. Organised whole school Kapa haka performances and competitions. Worked closely to develop whanau relationships across the community. I co- created, maintained and trained the staff with blog sites and eportfolio for

Seddon Primary School

Apr 2008Dec 2008

Provisionally Registered Teacher

Provisionally Registered Teacher with a class of 24 students Years 6 to 8. I planned, facilitated and assessed full curriculum with high expectations and results. Planned Technology for Year 6 students as part of weekly timetable.

Kaikoura Primary School

Apr 2007Mar 2008

Teacher Aide

Teacher Aide within various classrooms for disabled and behavioural students while studying for Graduate Diploma Primary Qualification.

Idea Services

Apr 2007Mar 2008

Care worker

Care worker for a gentleman needing support to live alone, day shifts as required. Weekly 24 hour shift to support a group of ladies with varying needs to participate in their community. Part time position whilst studying for Graduate Diploma Primary Qualification.

Encounter Kaikoura

Sep 2003Mar 2007

Head Tour Guide and Educational Host

Head Tour and Educational Guide with Dolphin Encounter, Kaikoura. I trained and managed the team of guides to deliver consistant quality tours. Supporting tourists to learn about and share the environment respectfully with marine life. I also hosted educational programmes for schools and colleges.

North Somerset Council

Sep 1998Sep 2003

Ranger/Forest School

Educational and community events organiser for North Somerset District Council (UK). My duties included sourcing funding to plan and implement Forest School sessions for underprivileged children, youth centers, schools, behavioural centers as per the National Curriculum. I worked throughout the district in formal parks, rural areas and woodlands to engage the community.


University of Canterbury

Mar 2007Apr 2008

Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning Primary

Open University

Sep 1997Sep 2003

BSC Hons Science

Certificates and registration


My Pedagogy

Whāia te iti kahurangi Ki te tūohu koe, me he maunga teitei

Pursue excellence – should you stumble, let it be to a lofty mountain

I believe that every child has the right to an engaging and positive education so that they are able to confidently participate and contribute within their community. Every child has potential in many forms. It is my duty to spark a love of life-long learning.

  • Energised and positive team leadership with high expectations.
  • Rich and detailed Curriculum knowledge.
  • Creative development of rich and engaging opportunities for learners.
  • ICT literate (Cloud, Mac, PC and android devices)
  • Integrated Curriculum for inquiry learning.
  • Inspiring and sharing with colleagues for the general good.
  • Leader Teacher Maths and Kapa haka.
  • Highly effective Literacy delivery and expectations.
  • Positive communication.
  • Rich and valued whanau involvement.
  • Passionate about success across the curriculum for all.
  • Value student voice and collaborative learning.
  • High quality planning, delivery, assessment and reflection.
  • Passionate about the wider environment as the classroom.
  • Consistent management with high expectations.
Professional Development
  • ALIM Lead Teacher - 2015
  • Reggio Emilia - Te Anau 2015
  • Lead Teacher Maths - UC 2015
  •  Lead Teacher Maths - UC 2014
  • Maths workshop - UC 2014
  • Celia Laslie - 2014
  • Think forward Conferrence - 2013